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Neurolucida fully integrates with your microscope and associated hardware so researchers can trace neurons directly from a microscope image. A microscope-based Neurolucida system includes a computer, microscope, motorized stage, Neurolucida software, z-encoder, and a camera. Neurolucida works with brightfield, multi-channel fluorescence, confocal, structured illumination, and two-photon microscopes. MBF provides and supports all components of a microscope-based system.

A Neurolucida system controls motorized stages, cameras, focus knobs, and objectives for faster and easier neuron tracing.

Motorized stage control

When tracing a neuron at a high magnification, the neuron will most likely extend beyond a single field of view. Neurolucida automatically moves the motorized stage to the next field of view, allowing the researcher to trace uninterrupted. Motorized stage control is also very helpful when navigating around a tissue specimen. Trace a region of interest and mark cells at low magnification, click on the neuron you want to trace, and the stage automatically moves to the individual neuron at high magnification.

Camera control to change or save settings for future use

With camera control, it is easier to adjust the exposure, histogram, and white balance while you’re tracing neurons. Change the camera settings right in Neurolucida without switching to the camera software. Camera settings can also be saved to individual user profiles so everything is ready to go next time you use the system. 

Control of focus knobs and objectives

Focus knobs and objectives are automatically controlled within Neurolucida, making it easier to get the tissue image that you want.

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